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1 rank /ˈræŋk/ noun
plural ranks
1 rank
/ˈræŋk/
noun
plural ranks
Learner's definition of RANK
: a position in a society, organization, group, etc.
[noncount]
[count]
[noncount] : a high position in a society, organization, group, etc. usually used after of
ranks [plural]
: the people or things that belong to a particular organization or group
often + of
: the people in the army, navy, air force, etc., who are not officers
[count] : a row of people or things
compare 5file
[count] British : taxi stand

break ranks

also break rank
: to step out of a line
: to no longer agree with or support a person or group often + with

close ranks

: to join together to support or protect someone or something that is in trouble

pull rank

: to use your high position in a society, organization, group, etc., to order someone to do something or to get special treatment or privileges
2 rank /ˈræŋk/ verb
ranks; ranked; ranking
2 rank
/ˈræŋk/
verb
ranks; ranked; ranking
Learner's definition of RANK
not used in progressive tenses
[+ object] : to place (someone or something) in a particular position among a group of people or things that are being judged according to quality, ability, size, etc.
often used as (be) ranked
see also outrank
[no object] : to have a particular position in a group of people or things that are being judged according to quality, ability, size, etc.
[+ object] : to arrange (people or things) in a line or row usually used as (be) ranked
3 rank /ˈræŋk/ adjective
3 rank
/ˈræŋk/
adjective
Learner's definition of RANK
[more rank; most rank] : having a strong, unpleasant smell
[more rank; most rank] : very bad and obvious
always used before a noun : complete or total
of plants : growing too quickly and over too much land
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